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The University of Kansas flew a defaced American flag in the name of art, according to students on Tuesday.

Ian Ballinger, a student at the university, found the flag outside Spooner Hall on Tuesday. After talking to school administrators, he discovered the flag was first installed on July 4.

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“Frankly, I think it is an incredibly disrespectful day to start flying it,” Ballinger told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a statement.

The flag shows a black contour of America divided in half to represent the polarizing political climate, according to the artist Josephine Meckseper.

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“I divided the shape of the country in two for the flag design to reflect a deeply polarized country in which a president has openly bragged about harassing women and is withdrawing from the Kyoto protocol and UN Human Rights Council,” Meckseper said, according to the Creative Time website. “The black and white sock on my flag takes on a new symbolic meaning in light of the recent imprisonment of immigrant children at the border.”

The flag is part of a series called Pledges of Allegiance, a campaign that claims to “inspire a sense of community among cultural institutions and begin articulating the urgent response our political moment demands,” according to the website. The national campaign commenced on Flag Day in 2017.

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The university’s Spencer Museum of Art started flying various social justice flags since November, the defaced American flag being the last of the installment.

Garrett Miller, another student at the university, understood that flying the flag was protected under the Constitution, but found it “tasteless and disgusting,” especially after finding out about the message behind the flag.

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